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¿The Heavens Rise¿ is a compelling supernatural horror story set

‘The Heavens Rise’ is a compelling supernatural horror story set in the deepest dark of Louisiana. The superbly detailed descriptions really brought the events and characters to startling life. While the story switched between past and present, it was woven in such a wa...
‘The Heavens Rise’ is a compelling supernatural horror story set in the deepest dark of Louisiana. The superbly detailed descriptions really brought the events and characters to startling life. While the story switched between past and present, it was woven in such a way the reader could see things unfolding in a way which made sense by the end. From the depths of the Louisiana swamp we meet a creature which has the capability to transform those with which it comes in contact and not everyone is ready or able to handle the abilities which manifest. Niquette (Nikki), Anthem, and Ben are a triumvirate whose love for each other brings them back together, even through the most horrifying events. ‘The Heavens Rise’ is a deep and psychologically chilling novel which will require an intensity of concentration, but is worth the effort.

posted by TheBibliophilicBookBlog on December 9, 2013

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I received a review copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange

I received a review copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
The Heavens Rise is a pretty typical Christopher Rice book. It’s got mystery, intrigue, and all around general weirdness. This is fairly usual for him, and if you have read any of his ...
I received a review copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
The Heavens Rise is a pretty typical Christopher Rice book. It’s got mystery, intrigue, and all around general weirdness. This is fairly usual for him, and if you have read any of his other books, you will notice certain patterns to his writing. They are almost predictable in some ways. It’s almost as if he has a template for his stories. There is always a twisted character and a homosexual character.

This book was ok. It wasn’t his best book, but it wasn’t his worst. I wanted to figure out the whys of what was going on. We are told in the blurb that Niquette Delongpre is still alive, but she doesn’t reappear until the end of the book. I think it would have been better to not know because I spent most of the book waiting for this girl to come back and make her grand appearance. And then when she does reappear, it’s somewhat disappointing.

This book was promoted as paranormal, but the paranormal element was minimal. The powers that the two characters are given are pretty weird, but since one of them isn’t present for the majority of the book and the other is in a comatose type state, There are only bits and pieces of paranormal experiences. The “powers” they are given are due to an organism in the pool at Niquette’s house. Marshall is the “twisted” character in this story, and he really is twisted. He deserves anything bad that happens to him. He’s pretty gross.

The story really focuses a lot on Niquette’s boyfriend Anthem and their best friend Ben trying to solve the mystery of what happened to Niquette and her family.

There are some good plot twists, and despite the problems I had with this book, the writing itself was pretty good. I just found myself wanting more from this book. Definitely not his best work, but still enjoyable if you don’t set your expectations too high.

If this is the first of his books you have read, I’m sorry. Don’t lose faith in him though. Pick up one of Rice’s other books and then decide whether or not to continue reading books by this author. He has a lot of good ideas and the writing is easy to follow. The plot twists are good and generally unpredictable.

posted by MBMarsh on December 5, 2013

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  • Posted December 5, 2013

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    I received a review copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange

    I received a review copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
    The Heavens Rise is a pretty typical Christopher Rice book. It’s got mystery, intrigue, and all around general weirdness. This is fairly usual for him, and if you have read any of his other books, you will notice certain patterns to his writing. They are almost predictable in some ways. It’s almost as if he has a template for his stories. There is always a twisted character and a homosexual character.

    This book was ok. It wasn’t his best book, but it wasn’t his worst. I wanted to figure out the whys of what was going on. We are told in the blurb that Niquette Delongpre is still alive, but she doesn’t reappear until the end of the book. I think it would have been better to not know because I spent most of the book waiting for this girl to come back and make her grand appearance. And then when she does reappear, it’s somewhat disappointing.

    This book was promoted as paranormal, but the paranormal element was minimal. The powers that the two characters are given are pretty weird, but since one of them isn’t present for the majority of the book and the other is in a comatose type state, There are only bits and pieces of paranormal experiences. The “powers” they are given are due to an organism in the pool at Niquette’s house. Marshall is the “twisted” character in this story, and he really is twisted. He deserves anything bad that happens to him. He’s pretty gross.

    The story really focuses a lot on Niquette’s boyfriend Anthem and their best friend Ben trying to solve the mystery of what happened to Niquette and her family.

    There are some good plot twists, and despite the problems I had with this book, the writing itself was pretty good. I just found myself wanting more from this book. Definitely not his best work, but still enjoyable if you don’t set your expectations too high.

    If this is the first of his books you have read, I’m sorry. Don’t lose faith in him though. Pick up one of Rice’s other books and then decide whether or not to continue reading books by this author. He has a lot of good ideas and the writing is easy to follow. The plot twists are good and generally unpredictable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2013

    *Copy provided by Netgalley for an unbiased review* I wasn't qu

    *Copy provided by Netgalley for an unbiased review*

    I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I requested this book from Netgalley, but I was intrigued by the cover, the setting, and the book's description. (I wasn't aware at the time of Christopher Rice's "pedigree".) After reading it, I'm not sure how I'd describe it. A bit of a love story. A bit of a mystery (what's going on with these people?). A bit of a love story - the love between sweethearts, and the love between friends. And then there's that crazy gunk in the pool - the part that puts it into the "supernatural/horror" genre.

    The changing points of view took a bit of getting used to - I don't have a problem with that normally, but for some reason it was a bit jarring here, even though it was necessary. Rice's familiarity with and love of the Louisiana setting definitely comes through. In the end, I liked the book - I didn't love it, but I did like it.

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  • Posted November 12, 2013

    A mutation by definition is a permanent change to DNA, the very

    A mutation by definition is a permanent change to DNA, the very basic items that make up each and every one of a human’s cell make-up.  What then would happen if one were to be submerged in a pool of water swimming with some unknown parasite? For Niquette and Marshall that little few minute dip in a pool under construction changed their lives forever – now they can do something neither of them ever imagined.  The Louisiana Bayou is a place of intriguing mystery and myth, many stories have come from those swamps and many an author’s imagination has been stirred by the possibility of things lurking in the waters, from Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire to Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Series (aka Sookie Stackhouse & True Blood) and the ghost stories to rise from those murky waters as we saw in St. Charles at Dusk by Sarah Cradit – each one bringing something mysterious to the surface.  This time, Christopher Rice has chosen to sink his characters right into the very bayou that has brought so much to the surface.
    Initially this book did not pull me in – it was extremely choppy and did not flow properly for my liking, the character development was there, the relationships of each person very well interwoven to the next and the reader held a firm grasp of each character and how they may or may not behave.  The reader saw the how the change affected each individual, how the disappearance of  the Delongpre family affected the community, Anthem , Niquette’s on and off Boyfriend, and Ben, Niquette’s best friend, along with Marshall Ferriot’s family.  The further I read into the story the more intriguing it got, the more the story moved forward and the question of Who? What? Where? When? and Why? Were finally answered it became almost obvious what was happening and how the main “villain” in the story was going to get his comeuppance.  After I finished this novel I was left wondering if perhaps this book was a prequel and will the story play out in similar fashion to the X-Men series as it appears to be one of those backstory’s that Marvel has done a lot of lately.

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  • Posted October 27, 2013

    I can't fault the setting of the atmosphere. It is suitably myst

    I can't fault the setting of the atmosphere. It is suitably mysterious and eery with a side twist of paranormal activity and a hankering of horror. What it did lack at times was a suitable description of what was actually going on. Too much assumption on the authors part that the reader will make the connections without him making them clear on paper. A lot of living in the head and not enough between the pages.
    Christopher Rice has a sense for the darker macabre storytelling. His villain was written in a way that could divide the reader. He was both evil and managed to evoke a sense of sympathy at the same time. It was a shame that although Niquette played the leading role in the book she wasn't really present for most of it. Her character was important in the grand scheme of the story but not given enough space or time to evolve.
    The last quarter of the book the story takes a giant swivel in the direction of Sci-Fi.
    To be quite honest I liked the concept but the delivery wasn't well executed. The scenario of the accident and the events that unfold during the accident were confusing to say the least. Up till the last few chapters the reader seems to be dealing with a sociopath with telekinetic abilities or the power to sway the conscious thought of others. The real answer seems to get lost in the lack of detail and clarity. 
    I think Rice is still finding his feet and hope he will endeavour to perhaps wade in a direction that he feels propelled towards rather than the one that is expected of him.
    I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.

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